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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- The Indian army has accused Pakistan of lobbing mortars at Indian positions along the Line of Control separating the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.

Pakistani Maj. Gen. Sheuka Sultan, head of the army's press office, denied that Pakistan had initiated an attack and said the army was looking into it.

Sources on the Pakistani side of the LOC said some kind of shelling took place along the border -- which, if true, would break a cease-fire the two sides began in November 2003.

"It certainly is a violation of the cease-fire. We have exercised full restraint," Indian army spokesman Maj. Gen. Deepak Summanwar said.

"Seven to eight rounds of mortars were fired. All our patrols and ambushes have been alerted."

Summanwar said the firing took place on Tuesday evening.

In the months since the cease-fire took effect, normalcy had returned to villages in both the Indian and Pakistani controlled areas of the Himalayan region.

Disputes have haunted relations between the neighbors since 1947, when British colonialists left the subcontinent and the new Islamic nation of Pakistan was carved out of the Indian mainland.

They have since fought three wars, two of them over their rival claims over Kashmir.


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